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2012 Fitou Rouge “Cadette”

Domaine Les Mille Vignes

2012 Fitou <i>Rouge</i> “Cadette” Domaine Les Mille Vignes - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
In the coastal town of La Palme, Valérie Guérin makes wine in one of the smallest, most cramped cellars we have ever seen. Fortunately, the vineyards are where the magic happens: these meticulously curated gardens enjoy breathtaking Mediterranean views, encircled by fragrant garrigue while they bask under the bright sun. This blend of old-vine Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre has a velvety elegance that is common to all Mille Vignes wines, plus hints of spices, game, and ripe fruit. The plush texture epitomizes the word finesse, small cellar be damned.

Anthony Lynch

$45.00
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 33% Grenache Noir, 33% Carignan, 33% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Fitou
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Domaine Les Mille Vignes
Winemaker: Jacques Guérin, Valérie Guérin
Vineyard: > 50 years
Soil: Limestone, Marl, Schist
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About Languedoc-Roussillon

Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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